Traumatic events are not avoidable because, by their very nature, they are unexpected and uncontrolled.
Domestic violence, sexual assault, car accidents, tornadoes, violent crime or terrorism. These are just some of the traumatic events that affect individuals all over the globe. It is vital to identify that people who experience such a significant event can be completely alone in dealing with its potentially hazardous effects.
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event, and the impact can be too overwhelming for someone to deal with immediately.So the mind and body, out of wisdom from nature, put into motion what is called shock response or fight-or-flight-or-freeze reaction as a survival mechanism to block the full impact of these events. These shocking or frightening events trigger many split-second changes in your body, which are meant to protect you from harm.
Long-term reactions to trauma can include unpredictable mood changes, flashbacks, nightmares and strained relationships. While these feelings are normal, and most people get over them naturally, some individuals have difficulty moving on with their lives.
Those who continue to avoid the trauma they've faced will suffer because avoidance doesn't resolve it. The traumatic experience lingers in the brain and body and can be triggered by one of our senses, such as smell.
People who continue to experience the effects of a traumatic event may be diagnosed by a physician with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We do not diagnose PTSD. Clients might feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. A person, after experiencing trauma, needs compassion from their family and friends and guidance from a mental health professional that can help them understand how it affects them. Knowledge about this situation is essential for reducing the impact and intensity caused by such an event because it often causes isolation or difficulty carrying out basic activities during their day-to-day life.
Clinical Consultation & Counselling can help people suffering from trauma find constructive ways to manage their emotions. Our therapies are evidence-based (research) and provided by psychotherapists and social workers.
No one treatment is right for everyone when it comes to healing from trauma or PTSD. The most important factor in this case, however, is working with a professional therapist who has the experience and empathy necessary to create an individualized plan that will include a combination of strategies.
If you are suffering from trauma or wish to receive more information, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.